Thursday, March 29, 2012

Some of my work

I received another die cutting system... Really?

So, I have another die cutting system - the Revolution. I don't need it, because I don't have any dies that go with it and I rather spend money on carts for the Cricut. So, I am selling it for $40. Seems reasonable, doesn't it? Also, I am selling my Cricut personal with 2 carts, Jubilee and Printing 101 along with the blue needle (new) and the housing, plus 2 brand new mats. The Cricut I am selling for $110. Why? Because I was just informed that someone is getting me a CE2 for Mother's day/Birthday. Don't need two. So, if any of you know anybody, who is interested let me know.

Monday, March 26, 2012

33 hours of pure bliss!

Friday, March 23, I woke up. Excited! I was going scrapping or as my wonderful husband Terry says crapping for 33 hours at Archiver's (Terry calls it Arcrapper's). So excited. I get to Archiver's and I start unpacking all of my supplies. I needed to go to the bathroom, but I really wanted to unpack first. Excited!!!! I met a wonderful and VERY talented scrapper named Mary Lou. She was there unpacking all her stuff. I brought everything except for the kitchen sink. We were able to leave everything overnight. Excited!!!!!

I unpacked everything. I thought I had everything ready and in my mind I had everything planned. Yeah right! As soon as I sat down to start, I pulled out my first batch of pictures and my mind went completely blank. Argh! Really? What was I going to do with these pictures. SO I walked around the store to get some inspiration. Aha! I found what I wanted to do. First layout/spread done. Of course it's 1 pm (I started at about 11 am).

Next batch of pictures.... maybe I should make a card first, so I don't have to think too much. Ok. Card done. Working on a lo. Taking forever. Ok, time to go and take TJ to his drop off point for his campout with the boy scouts. Come back. Kim is sitting at my table. Cool! A very talented scrapper, whom I just know from Archiver's.

Then Linda joined us, and then Cindy. OK. Hmmm.... Hardly any room for me to spread out. But that's ok. I'm flexible. Finished another lo. Helped Kim with an idea for one of her lo's. Helped Linda with hers. OK. Here's 11 pm, time to go home. No need to pack up, will be back tomorrow.

Saturday, I wake up. Excited! Ideas are going through my head at 200 mph. Should've written them down. Got to Archiver's and started die cutting letters for a swap. Done. Gotta go. Time for scouts. Picked up Olivija and went to scoouts. Came back to Archiver's at about 3:15 and Janet is sitting at the table. (We were told that there would be only 2 people at our table). I was happy to see her. Another very talented scrapper, that scraps at Archiver's every Friday. Then Kim came. OMG. She said she wasn't coming, but her plans changed and she came. Then Bonnie came. Full house at Archiver's. The 3 of us talked, ate, worked. Oh and we laughed. Janet and Kim are at Archiver's almost every Friday. Never really spoke to them. I just know that they were talented. And I was envious of their talent. I got to know them Saturday night. They are a hoot. Did I get much done? No not really, because I was not prepared. I had pictures. I had paper and embellishments. I didn't have them together. And those ideas that were racing through my head? Should've written them down.

Sunday morning came way too fast. Woke up tired. Terry is crabby, because I am going scrapbooking again. Went to church. Picked up Olivija after youth group. Went back to Archiver's. Finished my letters for the swap and one lo. That's it.

What was my problem? What advice could I give others, who are going on a long scrapbooking weekend. Preplan. Yes, I knew what pictures, what papers, what embellies  I was going to use, but they weren't together. I suggest/recommend to put it all together. If you are working on a graduation theme, pick out the papers you will be using, the embellies and out them in a bag, protective sleeve. Whatever. Write it down. As I said, I brought everything except the kitchen sink. I think, no, I KNOW, that if I would've listened to other scrappers who have done long scrapbooking weekends, I would've accomplished a lot more.

I have 17 years to catch up. I have done some, but I have a long way to go.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

It's Almost Friday!!!!!!

I am so excited. In less than 12 hours, I will be cropping for three days at the Orland Park Archiver's. I will be working on this years scrapbook and last years. Plus, I will be making some things for a swap that I am in and some cards for a camp down in Georgia. I am so excited, that I can't sleep.

I have everything packed. Two totes (of course one is just filled with paper), one is housing my cricut, a Creative Memories carry all tote, a crate on wheels, and my sticker/embellishment binder and box.

I have gone through everything and planned what pictures I will scrap and which paper and embellies I will use. I sure hope I can get it all done. I am bringing my scrap bin, so I can make the cards. I hope, I have enough to do. If not, thank God, I only live 7 minutes away.

I will update, when I get back.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

My first blog!

This is my first blog. I am excited and yet a little scared. A little about myself. I have been scrapbooking since 1986. In those days, (boy I sound old), I stuck my pictures into albums with that sticky stuff already on the pages. I also put titles and if I had my little trinkets, cards or whatever to match the pictures. I was already in my 30's when I was introduced to scrapbooking. Both of my children were already born. I really enjoyed it. I tried to keep up with all of my scrapbooking, but "real" life got in the way. I volunteer a lot and then as my kids got older, I went back to work full time. Argh! I recently quit my full time job, I still have a part time job, and now I am able to get back to scrapbooking full time.

I am a mother of two. TJ 16 and Olivija 14. I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, cooking and just being lazy. I am an avid scout and camp approximately 3-4 weeks during the summer in a tent. I have been married to my husband Terry for 18 years. That's my life.